Tottenham Hotspur Have To Be Wary Of Jose Mourinho Appointment

Tottenham Hotspur stunned the footballing world last night when they announced that they had decided to sack first team boss Mauricio Pochettino (Via BBC Sport).

It’s true that Spurs have had their struggles this season; they’re currently sitting fourteenth in the Premier League and were thumped 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League (Youtube highlights).

But that doesn’t hide all the accomplishments Pochettinho has brought to The Lilywhites. He has made the North London club a consistent top four side, he’s built a very strong squad and he guided his team to last season’s Champions League final.

Personally, I feel Mauricio deserved more time to turn things around at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but my opinion counts for nothing. The man that matters in this situation is chairman Daniel Levy. It looks as though Poch and the Spurs head honcho’s relationship has been strained for a while and as soon as results took a dip Pochettino was running the gauntlet against the sack.

Today Tottenham Hotspur announced that they have made former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho their new manager (Source The Guardian).

I can see why Daniel Levy would be so interested in the Portuguese manager. Mourinho is a serial winner and The Lilywhites have been the nearly men for too long now, maybe Jose can be the experienced one to get them finally over the line and bring in some much needed silverware.

Levy practically said as much in his statement confirming Jose as his new boss:

 “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”

Via Tottenhamhotspur.com

Yet I would definitely urge caution when it comes to Mourinho.

Pochettino seemed irritated with Tottenham’s summer transfer business. He stated to the press:

“I am not in charge, I know nothing about the situation of my players,”

“I am only coaching them, trying to get the best from them.”

“These types of things, what will happen, what will not happen, selling and buying of players, extending contracts, not extending contracts, I think it is not in my hands. It is in the club hands, and Daniel Levy. At the moment I am managing the team in the best way possible.”

“Maybe the club need to change my title description, because my job now is to coach the team.”

Via Sky Sports

Former Champions League winning boss Mourinho will definitely want more of a say in transfer dealings. He was very unhappy at the lack of signings made at Old Trafford during his last summer at Man United and he’ll actually be more vocal about any negative issues than Mauricio ever was a Tottenham Hotspur. The fact that Jose has been announced as Tottenham’s new ‘Head Coach’ will have raised a few eyebrows!

A lot of the time it seemed as if the Argentine Mauricio was the glue that kept the talented pool together, Mourinho could come in and find a fair few of his squad questioning their futures.

Jose also seemed to lose his edge at United. He couldn’t get the most out of his young, talented squad. Will he be able to get more from those he’ll inherit at Spurs? I’m not convinced.

Poch was very good at keeping the majority of his squad happy. It was his commitment that saw so many talented players commit their futures at the club. Mourinho on the other hand creates divisions. In his last three jobs (Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man Utd) Jose’s players lost faith in him and his ways. That ultimately led to his downfall in all those top jobs!

The ‘Special One’ also likes to be more pragmatic with his team’s style and I’m not sure that with suit the Spurs crowd or their players.

As an outsider looking in, I just think Jose Mourinho might be a wrong fit for Tottenham Hotspur. But as I’ve already stated it’s Daniel Levy’s decision as it was to get rid of Mauricio Pochettino, will it end up being a decision he regrets? Only time will tell.

Two Players Manchester United Should Snap Up This January

I have no doubts that Manchester United need to strengthen their squad when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Red Devils look particularly weak when it comes to depth in both their midfield and forward departments.

They need at least one midfielder and an attacker to come in if they want any chance of breaking into the top four this season.

United are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League but are already nine points behind fourth placed Manchester City.

Goals have been an issue for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this term. They sold Romelu Lukaku in the summer and the Belgian was the only member of the squad that had regularly scored twenty plus a season. Lukaku has scored nine goals in just twelve Serie A games for new side Inter Milan.

United didn’t replace Romelu believing that between them youngsters Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. That’s too few hitmen to provide strong consistency in two big competitions like the Premier League and the Europa League.

Rashford has struggled for form this term, Martial has missed a chunk of the campaign due to injury and teenager Greenwood is still very raw and inexperienced.

That’s led to Man Utd scoring just sixteen goals in their first twelve league games.

The Old Trafford side have been heavily linked with Norwegian hot-shot Erling Braut Haaland. According to The Sun, United are willing to sign up the Red Bull Salzburg striker in January but loan him back to the Austrian side for the remainder of the season.

While I think Haaland is a terrific talent and a prolific scorer, I’m not sure Man United can afford to wait for his services and carry on with the three forwards that they currently have.

Now maybe Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic could come in and be a stop gap.

But an alternative could be Lyon central striker Moussa Dembele.

The former Celtic man is currently Ligue 1’s joint top scorer with his nine strikes. He’s provided 45% of side’s league goals so far this season.

We know Solskjaer likes a forward that possesses pace and Dembele fits the bill in that regard. He’s also a player that steps up in the big games and is exceptional in one on one situations.

Moussa also has experience of scoring more than fifteen goals a season unlike the current forwards at Old Trafford.

Having previously excelled at Fulham and Celtic, Dembele’s style is suited to the British game.

I’m not sure going to France was his preferred destination when departing from Glasgow but he fell out with Brendan Rodgers and Lyon offered him an escape route. I think his preferred destination was to go to a big English side.

So I believe he would jump at a chance to sign for United. Lyon could be interested in selling too. They are tough negotiators but if they sold Moussa for £60m then that would represent a huge profit on a player they signed for £20m in 2018. The French side also still have Memphis Depay at the club and there seems to be a battle between the two when it comes to being the club’s main man up top.

United’s midfield could do more to help their attackers by providing them with more ammunition. In that regard the Man United hierarchy could go out and bring in Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes was linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford all summer but nothing came of the move.

He’s a player that provides assists for teammates and goals from midfield too. United have lacked that this term with Jesse Lingard out of form and Paul Pogba missing due to injury. Even when fit again Pogba’s commitment will be questioned as he seems desperate to push for a move to Real Madrid.

Bruno is in terrific form this season, scoring five and assisting another five in the league for Sporting Lisbon.

The twenty-five year old makes things tick. Portuguese legend Luis Figo thinks that Fernandes is a vital player for both his club and country:

“I think Bruno Fernandes is one of the highest values ​​at national level. If he stays, it is good for Sporting, but I imagine that there is always a financial constraint, and these will be situations analyzed individually and collectively. If he stays, it is a great plus. was good for Sporting, but we have to wait and see. He is a player who can make a difference by the quality he has, he has already shown, “

Via Renascenca

United need players in the middle of the park that can unlock tough defences and Fernandes would fit into that mould perfectly.

The creative midfielder has an excellent first touch and he also possesses a keen eye for a through ball. He’s an attack minded player that will push the ball forward with neat passes or a dribble into the final third.

Bruno isn’t scared of having a pop from outside the penalty area, scoring because of his accuracy and technique in such situations.

Adding Moussa Dembele and Bruno Fernandes to this current Manchester United side and it would improve them greatly, in my opinion. They would add much needed quality in areas that United have struggled with this term.

Filip Helander Deserves His Place In The Rangers Team

You’ve got to feel a bit for Nikola Katic at Rangers. The Croatian started his Gers career off well last season and was then dropped in favour of loanee Joe Worrall.

In truth I don’t think Katic deserved to play second fiddle to the Englishman for much of last term but it’s Steven Gerrard’s opinion that really counts.

Then the Croat was back in the Gers starting eleven for the start of this current campaign and he again impressed.

Yet he’s now been dropped again with Filip Helander being used as the preferred central defensive partner to play alongside Connor Goldson.

But in fairness to Filip, he does look the part.

We shouldn’t be overly surprised that the Swede is now getting a run in the team, Rangers shelled out around £3.5m to sign the Swedish international from Bologna in the summer (Source Sky Sports).

While I really like Katic and he didn’t do anything dramatically wrong, Rangers do look stronger with Helander in their back four.

The twenty-six year old adds extra presence and experience in the backline. He remains composed and also seems to thrive when he’s in a battle with a combative opposing forward.

In particular Helander has come to the fore in the Europa League. He was very good in the tackle against Feyenoord at Ibrox and he was tremendous in the away draw with FC Porto.

He followed up that performance in Porto with another solid display against Motherwell.

It didn’t go unnoticed by Gerrard:

“He did ever so well over in Portugal and today he has stepped up and been a leader again. I’m delighted with what he’s done this week.”

Via The Herald

Another bonus to playing Helander, is that you get a more focused and disciplined Connor Goldson. The former Brighton & Hove Albion defender looked sloppy alongside Katic against Celtic in September. Goldson has undoubtedly stepped up his game when Filip has came into the Gers side.

Helander is comfortable with the ball at his feet and he can even thread through passes to the forwards and create attacks. At 6ft 4, he can dominate in the air and he has great awareness and positional skills.

His stats show that Rangers are performing extremely well with the Swede in the team:

In Rangers’ last Scottish Premiership game they came up against a very efficient Livingston side, who have a strong competitor up-top in Lyndon Dykes. Yet between them Helander and Goldson snuffed him out for most of the game as Rangers went on to record a comfortable 2-0 away win (Rangers.co.uk Match Report).

That’s the main thing you get with Filip Helander, consistency! He likes to win and that has made the back four a lot stronger.

As I already said, I feel for Nikola Katic but fear he just has to wait as he won’t get ahead of Helander anytime soon.

Ryan Fraser Would Be A Smart Buy For Liverpool

Various newspapers, including The Metro, are reporting that Liverpool are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.

The Reds have a phenomenal front three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah but after that they may have issues.

Divock Origi has come in and scored vital goals in the past but he adds a different dynamic to the attacking line-up. He has to become the focal point and they lose a bit of direct pace with the Belgian international in the team.

I think youngsters Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliot would be better off getting game time and leaving Anfield on loan for the remainder of the season, come January. I think Brewster especially needs to get more first team minutes under his belt and that won’t happen this term at Liverpool.

Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri can play up there but he’s better in deeper positions. He’s also missed a lot of this campaign due to injury.

What Liverpool would be getting in Fraser is a player that would come in and keep the width within the team. He would also have the pace and directness that would cause multiple problems for Premier League teams.

Last term, Ryan Fraser scored seven times and more importantly he created fourteen assists in England’s top flight. This season he’s got two assists to his name and grabbed a goal against Everton.

His ability to create plenty of chances would excite the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mane. He’d also offer Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp versatility as he can play on either wing or even as a number ten. That would mean that no matter who got injured in The Reds frontline he could come in and they’d still have a threesome that would be full of fluidity and pace.

Fraser predominately plays out on the left-wing and he’s already developed an understanding with Reds left-back Andy Robertson due to the fact they’ve played together numerous times with Scotland.

The player himself would have to understand that he can’t walk straight into the team. That could see him benched for a long period. But on the other hand he’d be moving to a club that’s challenging for the Premier League title as well as trying to retain the Champions League.

As the run-in really gets into full swing you are going to get players that will need a rest, the team might need something new to freshen things up or unfortunately a serious injury may happen to one of their star forwards.

Ryan Fraser would still a lot of game time, Klopp likes to rest his forwards after the half hour mark.

The Scottish international winger’s current club boss Eddie Howe has already warned the Cherries support that he can’t guarantee Fraser would remain at the club this season:

“I never make guarantees to anybody. It’s football and you never know what can happen.”

Via Sky Sports

All in all, this potential deal could be huge for all parties.

Liverpool would be getting in a player that’s proved himself to be a game changer in the Premier League. Ryan Fraser would get his chance to prove himself at a top four club challenging for major silverware. It could also be good for Bournemouth if they can keep Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson on a permanent basis due to doing a deal with the Merseyside club regarding Fraser.

Liverpool’s Full-backs Shine As Reds Secure Epic Premier League Victory!

Liverpool once again sent their faithful home happy as they triumphed 3-1 (BBC Match Report) against current Premier League champions Manchester City!

Jurgen Klopp’s men held their nerve at Anfield as they went nine points clear over Man City as we head into the next international break.

The Reds two full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were once again on hand to produce solid performances, helping both defensively and in attacking areas too.

Trent had the unenviable task of trying to keep fellow England international and former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling quiet.

Alexander-Arnold didn’t manage to fully keep Sterling off the front foot but he did manage to frustrate Raheem enough to stop him from having a deciding impact on the game.

City boss Pep Guardiola and his main hitman Sergio Aguero felt extremely miffed that the referee didn’t give their side a penalty in the lead up to The Reds first strike.

The ball did strike Alexander-Arnold’s arm inside his own penalty area but VAR decided (rightly in my opinion) that it was neither meant nor was his hand in an unnatural position. Liverpool then broke away and Fabinho scored a screamer to give The Reds the lead on the sixth minute, with their first attack.

Later on, Pep would once again be in a rage on the touchline as Sterling pinged a ball directly off Trent’s arm and the official waved away any calls to award a penalty to the visitors. This was far more clear cut and again I fully agreed with the refs interpretation.

In the thirteenth minute Liverpool doubled their advantage.

Scottish left-back Andy Robertson was once again terrific. It was he who delivered a wonderful early cross into City’s box. Mohamed Salah timed his run to perfection as he got in between his two markers, Andy’s ball was pinpoint and Mo steered his header beyond City keeper Claudio Bravo. Oh by the way, that move all started with a wonderful diagonal pass from Alexander-Arnold to Robertson!

Liverpool then had Sadio Mane to thank for their third as he headed in another goal early in the second half before Bernardo Silva struck for The Citizens to give the champs a glimmer of hope with just twelve minutes to go.

Liverpool held on and they now have a big advantage in the Premier League title race.

Everyone did their job for the Merseyside club this evening. Alisson was assured as always, the front three cause countless issues for City’s defence and The Reds midfield boss the game for the most part.

But I really appreciate the work the two full-backs do.

Robertson made an important defensive headed clearance just under his own bar and that interception took the ball away from a City head and stopped a certain Man City goal in the first half.

Both full-backs work so hard for their team and teammates. They bomb forward at every opportunity but they also show a strong discipline to get back and help their centre-backs when needed. At times Trent or Andy would take the ball deep into City’s half just to relieve the pressure on their defensive colleagues and keep hold of possession.

Robertson’s determination and commitment didn’t go unnoticed within the stadium as the Anfield crowd sung his name just before the final whistle as he fought for yet another ball.

Before the game Reds boss Jurgen Klopp stated the importance of his full-backs:

“You have to be really strong on the wings, however you do it, because the goal is in the centre of the pitch and the area around the goal is the most crowded area,”

“So you have to find a way to go through – that’s in behind, you pass it on the wings or you try to find little spaces between their lines.”

Via LiverpoolFC.com

Klopp told Pep Guardiola what Liverpool were going to do and yet Manchester City still couldn’t stop the full-backs from doing their business.

If the Liverpool side can show the same commitment, passion and durability as their two full-backs then I just can’t see them giving up this title lead!

Man City’s Ederson Would Be Huge Loss If He Misses Vital Liverpool Game

On Sunday all eyes will be on the crunch Premier League match between league leaders Liverpool and current champions Manchester City.

These are the type of games that get the punters searching online sportsbooks to find the best odds for such an important fixture.

People that like to put money on these big occasions always look at the potential team line-ups and what injuries have cropped up in the build up. In that regard, the fitness of current City first choice goalkeeper Ederson could be extremely important.

The Brazilian shot-stopper didn’t make the second half in Man City’s recent Champions League outing because of an injury.

After the draw with Atalanta (BBC Match Report), Pep Guardiola said:

“It’s a muscular problem,”

“It was a risk so we took him off as he was feeling it late in the first half.”

(Asked about Ederson’s chances of playing on Sunday) “I don’t know”.

Via BBC Sport

Missing Ederson would be a huge negative for Man City.

In Pep’s first season in charge at the Etihad, the goalkeeping position was one the Spaniard struggled to fix. He immediately didn’t like Joe Hart and he dropped the English international goalkeeper.

Guardiola then went back to former side FC Barcelona to bring in Chilean number one Claudio Bravo for an initial £13.75m fee (Via The Telegraph). But Bravo wasn’t the answer either as he struggled to adapt to the English style.

In that maiden year under Pep, he watched on as his side finished in third place and conceded a whopping thirty-nine goals with Claudio dropping out and being replaced by standby stopper Willy Caballero!

Guardiola wasn’t phased by the fact that his expensive purchase didn’t work out and in the next summer he spent even more to bring in Ederson.

The Brazilian was an instant success and he was a key cog in Guardiola’s football machine that went on to win the league by nineteen points. In that championship winning campaign, City conceded the least amount of goals and that proved Guardiola was correct in bringing Ederson from Benfica.

We all know that the world class Spanish coach loves a goalie that’s good with the ball at his feet and he gets that and more with Ederson. The twenty-six year old is probably the Premier League’s best sweeper keeper. He’s also physical enough to boss his penalty area and has the reactions to get across his line and defy strikers with some great saves!

If Ederson misses the game against Liverpool, then Bravo will come back in and that could be very problematic against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Claudio was always suspect when dealing with crosses. In Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool have two of the best full-backs in the business for supplying superb crosses into the opposition’s penalty area. That could worry the Chilean!

Then there’s the fact that Claudio Bravo hasn’t played regularly for a while and he could come up against the terrific striking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Those three players are some of the best attackers in the world and they could create numerous chances against City and really put a ring rusty Bravo to the test.

If Liverpool were to beat Man City on Sunday, then they will open up a nine point gap at the top of the table. That could be an insurmountable deficit to overcome and that’s exactly why Pep Guardiola and the Man City fans will be desperate to see Ederson in between the sticks at Anfield on Sunday!

Celtic Are Better In Europe Under Neil Lennon

‘I am feeling a bit awkward about this one. Celtic did brilliantly to beat them with a last-gasp winner first time around. I did flag up a 2-1 win, but they were fortunate.’

‘In this one, do they attack, counter-attack or sit in? They are not a team that naturally sit in. Domestically, they have 70 per cent of the ball.’

Via Sky Sports

Did Celtic forget to pay Charlie Nicholas his last paycheque? The former Hoops striker has been overly critical of his former club this season.

He doesn’t seem to rate Odsonne Edouard, which is just bizarre to me.

The statement above regarding Celtic and their recent win over Lazio is also a bit strange.

The Scottish Premiership champions did well in beating the Serie A cracks in Glasgow a few weeks back and I think it shows that the team are more equipped for a European run under Neil Lennon than they were under former gaffer Brendan Rodgers.

Yes Lazio did well to take the lead and grab the game by the scruff of the neck but Celtic did regain their composure and fought to get a foothold into the game. Both teams shared the possession 50/50 and Celtic had more attempts at their opponent’s goal.

The Glasgow side battled to the end and it was with that fight and passion that got them the win. It was a big triumph but Celtic used to be a team that would get those big European wins under the lights sensational at Celtic Park.

Teams like Juventus, Barcelona, Benfica and AC Milan have all lost at Parkhead within the last twenty years.

In his first stint as Celtic manager, Lennon masterminded Celtic’s 2-1 win over a Barca team that included Lionel Messi in 2012 (BBC Match Report).

Under Rodgers, Celtic were sensational domestically but were a bit hit and miss in Europe. He did help them to qualify for the Champions League group stages twice, got to the last 32 of the Europa League twice and he also drew home and away against mega rich Manchester City managed by the great Pep Guardiola.

What they didn’t do was assert themselves at home. They also lost heavily to PSG, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Brendan’s biggest issues were that he stuck to his attacking, pressing approach no matter what. When you are four, five or six down to PSG it’s ok to try and save face and not go and push forward. Have some sort of defensive discipline. Being a bit pragmatic could lead to a positive results as it did against Lazio.

Going back to Nicholas, he said that the Romans could’ve been two or three up but the reason they didn’t was because Celtic are more switched on defensively and work harder to keep their discipline under Lennon.

I’m sure some Celtic supporters miss the swashbuckling football Rodgers would bring to the Scottish game. But in Europe, Neil Lennon trumps the current Leicester City boss.

They will go into the Stadio Olimpico believing that they may just sneak a result tonight, that’s down to Lennon not being stubborn and adding more defensive strengths to his team’s game.

Same Old Mistakes Still Costing Arsenal!

How many times can one team make the same mistakes?

Well in Arsenal’s case the answer is continually.

They’re even making the same mistakes that cost legendary boss Arsene Wenger his job in summer of 2018.

Now the fact that the Gunners are still in this same predicament, many are now calling Unai Emery’s future at the Emirates into question.

You can understand the frustration that comes from the stands when they see the team leak too many goals, struggle to put games away, show little in the way of passion and give up valuable leads!

This past weekend saw the North London giants drop two more points as they threw away a goal lead to draw at home with Wolverhampton Wanderers (BBC Match Report).

That was Arsenal’s fifth draw in eleven Premier League outings, only Newcastle United have drawn more so far in this campaign.

It was the third time this term that Arsenal have given up a winning advantage and ended up sharing the spoils. They were two up over Crystal Palace and Watford and in both matches they crumbled under the pressure. Had they managed to see out those three games, in which they were leading, Arsenal would have an extra six points in the bag and that would’ve seen them up to joint third in the table.

The a big reason for their failings is their in ability to keep cleansheets. They’ve only kept two in the league thus far.

They’ve managed to concede fifteen in those eleven games, only Chelsea have conceded more in the Premier League’s top half.

The central defensive partnership of David Luiz and Sokratis doesn’t fill many with confidence. They also don’t get as much protection as they need when captain Granit Xhaka plays in front of them.

The Gunners are also struggling to score the goals needed to see games out. They’ve scored sixteen and thats nowhere near the level of those that currently occupy the top four positions.

They’ve been hampered due to an injury to Alexandre Lacazette. Plus Nicolas Pépé is still finding his feet in an Gunners jersey after his big summer move from Lille OSC.

The problem is that these are the same problems Arsenal had before Emery took over the club. The only thing consistent about The Gunners is their inconsistency!

I have no doubts that Unai can watch his side go on another decent winning run that will see them possibly breaking back into the top four but I can also then see their bottle crashing as soon as they need to prove their credentials.

When asked if his job was under threat, Unai Emery stated :

‘I am very demanding myself and I feel my responsibility to work every time to come back with a better result in the next matches.’

Via Evening Standard

The problem is that we’ve heard this all before too. It doesn’t change the fact that they continue to fail when it counts.

Arsenal seem to be in a bit of a slump and Emery needs to understand that actions speak louder than words. If he can’t right the prolonged wrongs that have choked Arsenal for so long then it will be the manager who’ll be replaced!

Manchester City Hitman Sergio Aguero Is One Of The Premier League’s Best Ever

Sergio Agüero scored his 244th goal in a Manchester City jersey today as a he helped his side overcome a one goal deficit to Southampton to beat the Saints 2-1 (BBC Match Report) in the Premier League.

Only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole, Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry have scored more Premier League goals than Sergio. The Argentine is just two strikes behind Henry and four adrift of Lampard, so I’d imagine that the City striker will become the league’s fourth lethal hitman of all-time and he may even overtake Andy Cole before May.

Already this term, Sergio has banged in nine goals in ten league appearances.

Aguero isn’t just a prolific goalscorer though and he doesn’t just do it in the smaller games either. The thirty-one year old is still improving too!

When superstar coach Pep Guardiola took over the reigns at The Etihad in the summer of 2016, the Spaniard would bring in young Brazilian hotshot Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras.

It was speculated during Pep’s maiden year that Aguero was going to be phased out and Jesus would take his place.

But after finding himself out of the team for a spell in 2016-17, Sergio worked his socks off to prove himself under Pep.

He runs more for the team and interacts more unselfishly with those around him. Aguero links-up brilliantly with Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne. As well as his goals, the Argentine international has also provided 60 assists for City teammates over the years.

Pep Guardiola has stated that he loves his main scorer and that a big thing for him is his commitment:

“I think Sergio scored goals in Argentina when he was 16 years old, he’s done so ever since he came here,”

“He’s a special talent and he will die scoring goals. We’ve changed many things, including the messages, me included.”

“From day one I’ve been impressed by his commitment. We need his goals, everyone knows it. Even on the days when he doesn’t score goals, his commitment is fantastic.”

Via ManCity.com

The main thing for me when it comes to Sergio Aguero, is that he’s a top player that never rests on his laurels.

He arrived at Man City, when they hadn’t won anything in the modern era and he was one of the major cogs that helped them secure a major trophy haul in recent years.

Even though he’s now in his ninth season in Manchester, Sergio Aguero’s passion and desire are still there to this day and it shows no sign of abating. He still adores finding the back of the net, he’s still Manchester City’s main focal point and he still works extremely hard for his club.

That’s why Sergio Aguero is a Premier League living legend!

Scott McTominay Is Fast Becoming Manchester United’s Leading Light!

Just under twelve months ago it was thought that Scott McTominay would have to leave Old Trafford on a loan deal to get more top team exposure.

The youngster had been propelled into the first-team picture under Jose Mourinho and he gave the side much needed energy and commitment. But as Jose’s Manchester United team started stalling McTominay’s performances also seemed to drop.

The Portuguese coach preferred playing the Scottish international midfielder in the defensive holding role and at times Scott didn’t seem overly comfortable in that role.

During the first month or so of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure in charge at Old Trafford, it was being reported that Scott McTominay could be heading to either Leeds United or Celtic (Source Sky Sports) for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

By the end of January, a midfielder did leave the Red Devils but it was Marouane Fellaini not the youngster.

McTominay used the rest of that campaign to show that he had more to his game than just being a defensive mid. He could pass the ball and burst forward too. Although he did shine as a midfield destroyer in United’s unexpected Champions League away win over PSG (BBC Match Report).

In the summer, United then lost fellow central midfielder Ander Herrera and again didn’t replace the outgoing midfielder. Solskjaer made it clear that he trusted the young midfielders he had in McTominay and Andreas Periera.

They’ve had a pretty hectic load this term given that the more experienced duo of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have had injury problems this season.

McTominay, in particular, has really stepped up. So much so that’s he probably been United’s best player thus far and certainly one of their most passionate and consistent.

If people had written off the twenty-two year old as just being a teacher’s pet under Mourinho they’ve been proven wrong. McTominay is in this Man United team on merit!

Man Utd have had a tumultuous season, already full of ups and downs. Yet McTominay has been in the engine room and remained calm and constantly trying to lead by example. He’s fast become a leader on the pitch, shown last night in the last few minutes of United’s away win in the League Cup against Chelsea. As the clocked ticked down, Scott was shouting at his teammates to keep them switched on to any possible dangers that may sink their hopes.

The Scottish midfielder is the only player outside of Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford to score for United in the Premier League this season. McTominay has grabbed two strikes, important ones too against Arsenal and Norwich City.

According to Whoscored; he’s hitting 1.6 shots per league outing and has a passing success rate above 80%. On average he’s winning 2 aerial battles per game, making 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.5 clearances.

Interestingly to show that he’s not just a sitter, his dribble success stats of 1.5 per game show he’s got more going forward than people thought when they first saw him in the Man United first team.

His commitment to his team’s cause has never been in doubt but he has started to show that he’s good enough to not just keep his own in big games but boss the midfield area too.

Even Fred, who seemed to be a bit of an outcast, has started to flourish playing alongside McTominay.

Man United fans want to see a passionate player who loves to play for the badge and they’ve got that in Scott McTominay.

Towards the end of last season, Solskjaer said that McTominay had all the right qualities to be a fine Man United midfielder:

“Scott has never ever let us down and he never disappoints when he plays,”

“And tonight was another very, very fine performance by Scotty. So, it won’t be hard to see him play many, many games for Man United, because he has got such a great mentality.”

“He is so athletic, he can play in different positions. Today we feel that’s his best position, like a high midfielder, but he can play in that defensive role easily, like he has done against PSG and Liverpool. So I was very, very pleased with him.”

Via ManUtd.com

Scott McTominay has to be one of the first names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teamsheet at the moment. As he plays more games, he becomes more confident and looks to be a star in that Manchester United midfield.

No longer is he seen as a bland holding midfielder being used as a statement by Jose Mourinho, Scott has worked extremely hard to prove himself worthy and he’s now proving it every week in a Man United jersey!